What is Open Source?
Open Source refers to something people can modify and share because its design is publicly available. Originally the term was used in the context of software development, however, now it refers to a set of principles derived from development models. For more information on the Open Source Way head over to opensource.com.
Every time computer users view web pages, check email, chat with friends, stream music online, or play multiplayer video games, their computers, mobile phones, or gaming consoles connect to a global network of computers using open source software.
Thanks to Social Square for sharing this excellent video using LEGO to explain what open source actually is.
Why We Choose WordPress over many other PHP frameworks
With a 59.7 percent market share and about 22.6 million active sites WordPress is the world’s number one CMS
A key factor with Open Source software is the community that supports it. WordPress has a large, active community of programmers that support and improve the framework. This makes using and developing the system much easier due to the amount of information available. It also improves the security of websites as they are kept up to date with the latest technologies.
WordPress is extensible. The community creates many plugins that can add extra features to the framework, these are also supported and free to modify for our own purposes, making the development process quicker, allowing us to provide a much swifter turn around from the start of a project through to completion for our clients.
It is an intuitive content management system. This is beneficial for us as the developer and for our clients, who requires the ability to change their websites content whenever they like. The WordPress backend can be used in a similar way to a word processor and is easy to learn, allowing content to be entered and edited easily.
WordPress is scaleable. For our clients it is important to be able to expand their website offering as time goes by. They may need to add whole new sections to the site, or change or add to its functionality. This makes WordPress much more future proof.
Search engine optimisation comes first with WordPress. Built into the framework, SEO features present the website to search engines out of the box, automatically generating meta descriptions and title tags for pages and posts. This can be improved by including plugin functions to boost its offering to include focus keywords, page analysis and social media sharing features.
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WordPress began its life as a blogging platform, now the list of sites that can be built with it is endless. Below are a sample of the types of site that can be made:
- Business websites
- ECommerce sites
- Ratings websites
- Membership sites
- eLearning modules
- Personal websites for self-promotion
- Job boards
- Business directories
- Non-profit websites for collecting donations
- Wikis and knowledgebases
- Media-centric sites like YouTube
- Auction and coupon sites
So Why Should You Use Open Source?
Probably the best reason to use open source software is its ability to be used by anyone, with the source code being freely available and freely distributed, you won’t be stuck with something down the line that is unusable, outdated, and potentially costly to fix.
Check out this massive resource of Open Source software
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